Tyson Ross Selected to the 2007 USA Baseball National Team

May 16, 2007

DURHAM, N.C. - University of California sophomore right-hander Tyson Ross has been selected one of the first 11 members of the 2007 USA Baseball National Team, it was announced Wednesday by USA Baseball's Director of Marketing and Licensing, David Perkins. The USA National Team will open its season in the New England Collegiate Baseball League in preparation for four international series and two international events this summer. Team USA will compete in the Pan Am Games, July 14-19, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the World Port Tournament, Aug. 3-12, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Ross was a member of USA Baseball's Junior National Team in 2004 and 2005.

On May 1, Ross had been named one of 50 semifinalists for the 2007 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award, presented to the nation's premier amateur baseball player. He is also on the Watch List for the Roger Clemens Award as the nation's top collegiate pitcher. Ross and sophomore first baseman Brett Wallace from Arizona State are the two Team USA representatives from the Pac-10.

The Bears' No. 1 starter, the 6-5 Ross was earlier selected the Mar. 25 National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball after striking out 16 batters (three away from the school record of 19 set by Larry Colton in 1963) with only one walk in 7.0 innings Mar. 22 against Oral Roberts. Ross was also noted Mar. 12 by the College Baseball Foundation (honor roll) and InsidePitching.com (West Regional Performance of the Week) for his 8-0 shutout of Kent State at the Louisville Cardinal Classic Mar. 9, throwing 8.0 innings with three hits, no walks and 10 strikeouts.

Ross defeated No. 8-ranked Arizona State, 4-2, on Apr. 27, throwing 8.0 innings with seven hits, two runs, two walks and nine strikeouts against a team that came into the series with over a .350 team batting average. He has thrown at least 6.0 innings in 13 of 15 starts this season and has thrown 7.0 innings or more 11 times. On the year, Ross (5-6) has a 2.35 ERA with 108 strikeouts in 103.1 innings. Opponents are batting .227 against him. With at least two starts left in the regular season, including this Saturday versus USC, Ross is already fourth on the Cal all-time single-season list with his 108 strikeouts. He is second in the Pac-10 in strikeouts, third in ERA and third in innings pitched. For his career, Ross now has 193 strikeouts in 188.0 innings with a 2.73 ERA.

A feature video on Tyson Ross can be seen on the right sidebar of the Cal baseball page on www.calbears.com. The name of the winner of the 2007 Golden Spike Award will be announced on June, 29, 2007, during the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Show presented by Major League Baseball.

The Bears (25-24, 8-10) next host USC (25-23, 8-10) in a key Pac-10 series, Saturday-Monday, May 19-21. All three games begin at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond.

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